America’s greatest orator since…

Who is William Jennings Bryan?

He was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, standing three times as the party’s nominee for President of the United States. He also served in the United States House of Representatives and as the United States Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.

Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was often called “The Great Commoner”.

Bryan had an innate talent in oratory.

…using his skills as a famed orator to ultimately reshape the Democratic Party into a more progressive one.

In addition to his best-known nickname, “The Great Commoner”, he was also called…the “Boy Orator of the Platte” (a reference to his oratorical skills and his home near the Platte River in Nebraska).

Bryan was one of the best known orators of his time. He was a fixture in the Democratic Party, and a hero to the common man. Starting with his Cross of Goldspeech, Bryan brought the Populists into the Democratic Party. A strong believer in the power of government to improve people’s lives…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Jennings_Bryan

Who is America’s greatest orator since Bryan?

He said Trump is America’s greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan, who was known as “The Great Commoner” because of being able to speak to — not at or down at — his audience.

Bannon, who left the White House in August 2017, said Trump’s simple, plain and direct populist language during the campaign made him relatable, and won him the election.

“Here’s what won it for Trump: economic nationalism,” Bannon said.

Did Trump’s “simple, plain and direct populist language” win him the election, or was it “economic nationalism”. Bannonb is ftrying a bob each way there.

Bannon, who served as vice president of Cambridge Analytica from June 2014 to August 2016, when he joined the Trump campaign, attempted to draw a line between the campaign and the firm. Bannon said he had no knowledge of the data mining operation and instead put the blame on Facebook, saying the social network cared more about profits than privacy.

And tries to downplay the influence of Cambridge Analytica, and his involvement there.

But back to Trump’s oratory skills.

Quite a few people either like how Trump speaks, or what he says. There’s not doubt about that.

But quite a few people also see him as a dick and a bullshit artist.

Obama was sometimes praised for his oratory skill. I didn’t agree, I didn’t generally like his speaking style, and there’s little of note i remember him saying, apart from sating he doesn’t know why he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize:

Independent – Barack Obama on Stephen Colbert: ‘To be honest, I still don’t know what my Nobel Peace Prize was for’

When asked by Colbert to list any other relevant awards or qualifications, Mr Obama replied: “I have almost 30 honorary degrees and I did get the Nobel Peace Prize.

“Really, what was that for?,” enquired Colbert.

“To be honest, I still don’t know,” he jokingly responded.

I’m not sure that he was joking.

Trump doesn’t seem to be joking either, when he praises himself. He’s unlikely to get to praise himself for winnng a peace prize though, especially now he has recruited John Bolton as his new National Security Adviser.

I quoted Bannon from Trump likely ‘going to war’ against Mueller in Russia probe

That may not be the only war he and Bolton have a go at.

Trump probably thinks he is a great orator too. I’m yet to see that.

 

13 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 23, 2018

    Trump’s a great orator ?

    Yes, and I am the Duchess of Cambridge.

    • Gezza

       /  March 23, 2018

      Move over Stormy, make room for another one!
      Playmate apologises to Melania, details Trump’s offer of money after sex
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12018899

      And
      “Donald Trump isn’t the only member of his family accused of infidelity this week.

      Donald Trump Jr, his eldest son, was said to have had an affair with a Celebrity Apprentice contestant, Aubrey O’Day, the 34-year-old singer.

      Donald Trump Jr is in the midst of divorce from his wife, Vanessa, with whom he has five children.”

      What is it with this family?

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 24, 2018

        Their brains are ruled by their balls

        • Gezza

           /  March 24, 2018

          Goes to trustworthiness & character.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 24, 2018

            Their brains are IN their balls – or are the same size.

  2. Griff

     /  March 23, 2018

    Trump has the best words the biggly biggest best words….

    he is a inarticulate moron with the vocabulary of a retarded six year old.
    That’s being cruel to retarded six year olds.

    Some have raised the idea .

    Speaking like a moron may help him to manipulate his target audience.

    I will leave that idea for you all to think about carefully .

  3. Blazer

     /  March 23, 2018

    he is the greatest orator since…Linda Lovelace.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  March 23, 2018

    “Here’s what won it for Trump: economic nationalism,” Bannon said.”

    Yeah … Right … economic nationalism that no Western leader including POTUS – let alone anyone else – can ever actually deliver on … We’re all totally hamstrung by globalisation, WTO, FTAs, FRAs and all the rest …

  5. Kimbo

     /  March 23, 2018

    Bryan also argued the case for creationism at the Skopes Monkey Trial a few weeks before his death in 1925.

    But he is not the best comparison with Trump. Instead, it is another populist of the “Progressive Era” of whom Trump is most reminiscent: Teddy Roosevelt, the populariser of the phrases, “the man in the arena”, and “the Presidential bully pulpit”. Roosevelt may not have had Twitter, but he would recognise immediately what Trump is achieving with it.

    • David

       /  March 24, 2018

      Huey Long is the closest match to Trump in the history of US politicians.

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 24, 2018

    Who’d vote for someone with a name like that ?

  7. duperez

     /  March 24, 2018

    Trump is indeed a great orator. It’s something I ponder frequently – as I run in to bowl out another English batsman, kick the conversion after running 85 metres to score at Twickenham, in the intermissions of my frequent masterful solo performances at La Scala or as I go forward to receive my latest Oscar. In fact probably the greatest orator of all time. 🙃